BSc Biochemistry
Entry Requirements 2015

UCAS code A levels International Baccalaureate
C700 ABB-BBB from three A-levels including Biology and Chemistry, both at minimum grade B. 32-30 points overall with grade 5 in Biology and in Chemistry, both at Higher Level.

Acceptable BTECs & required units

Applied Science

The applicant needs to be studying a minimum of three of the following units as long as one of them is either unit 16 or unit 28:

  • Unit 13: Biochemistry and Biochemical Techniques
  • Unit 16: Chemistry for Biology Technicians
  • Unit 19: Practical Chemical Analysis
  • Unit 22: Chemical Laboratory Techniques
  • Unit 26: Industrial Chemical Reactions
  • Unit 27: Chemical Periodicity and its Applications
  • Unit 28: Industrial Applications of Organic Chemistry

The applicant needs to be studying a minimum 30 credits out of the list below:

  • Unit 11: Physiology of Human Body System
  • Unit 12: Physiology of Human Regulation and Reproduction
  • Unit 15: Microbiological Techniques
  • Unit 18: Genetics and Genetic Engineering
  • Unit 21: Biomedical Science Techniques
  • Unit 29: Physiological Investigations
  • Unit 43: Diseases and Infections

Animal Management

3 units below are compulsory:

  • Unit 16: Understand the Principles and Carry Out the Practice of Biochemistry and Microbiology
  • Unit 27: Chemistry for Biology Technicians
  • Unit 30: Understand the Principles of Chemistry for Biological and Medical Science

The applicant needs to also be doing three of the following units:

  • Unit 02: Understand the Principles of Animal Biology
  • Unit 03: Understand Animal Anatomy and Physiology
  • Unit 28: Understand the Principles of Inheritance and Genetic Manipulation
  • Unit 32: Understand the Principles of Animal Breeding and Genetics

Other BTECs do not contain enough Chemistry so they are not acceptable, though they might be considered in combination with an A-level Chemistry.

Acceptable Science Subjects:

Applied Science*, Chemistry, Environmental Studies, Geography, Geology, Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Psychology, Statistics

*Applied Science (single or double award) cannot be accepted in place of the subject requirements, e.g. Biology, for any degree course.

We do accept A level Human Biology in place of A level Biology.

Subjects not accepted as a Science, but accepted as an A level:

Applied Health and Social Care, Computer Science, Food Technology, Information Technology, Physical Education, Science in Society, Sports Science, Use of Maths*

*Use of Maths cannot be accepted in place of Maths or Further Maths A level.


Citizenship, Critical Thinking and General Studies A levels; Key Skills; the Extended Project


Minimum grade C required in English and Mathematics (not necessary for students studying these subjects at A-level - C in Maths GCSE also not required for those studying Physics or Statistics at A-level).

Access to Higher Education Diploma

The minimum requirement to pass an Access course is 60 credits in total with 45 credits at level 3 and 15 at level 2. This includes GCSE equivalence in Maths and English.

Access courses must be recognised by the QAA (Quality Assurance Agency). Make sure you confirm this with your college.

To assess the Access course for its suitability for entry into our degree we will need to see a breakdown of subject and unit/module titles, what level they are at, and their credit values.

Applicants for Biochemistry must be taking a minimum of 12 credits in Biology and a minimum 12 credits in Chemistry at Level 3.

Standard offer:

Successfully pass the Access Diploma with 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit (level 3 credits). All credits in Biology and Chemistry have to be at Distinction.

For applicants without GCSE Maths and/or English we can also ask for: Pass in GCSE equivalence in Maths and/or English.

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